I am going to let you in on a little secret: sometimes, on days when I feel overwhelmed and cranky – I find it difficult to see the kindness in the world.
That sentence could also read – I am going to let you in on a little secret: I am human.
Because really, all of us, each and every one, have days when all we can see is anger. Or hatred. Or sadness.
But here is my real secret: on days like that, when I am a bit more clever and not wallowing in self-pity, I make it a point to OPEN MY EYES AND BE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR KINDNESS. Like, actually pay attention and notice it. Because it is there, it is always there. And when I take time to breathe, to look, to listen – I see it. And I am inspired. And suddenly, the day that felt dark and dreary lightens up, and my perspective changes. And I smile.
And at times when I really need a wake-up call, I sit myself down and write about kindness. It’s a bit selfish really. It is as much for me as it is for you reading this. But at least I am honest about that! So here we go – let’s open our eyes and our hearts and talk about a KINDNESS ACTIVIST.
|Peggy - the newest KINDNESS ACTIVIST!|
Annette has glioblastoma (brain cancer). She was diagnosed in July and it has been a confusing whirlwind of a few months for her and our family. We have met surgeons, oncologists, nurses, social workers, rehab staff… Dealing with brain cancer is a maze of scary tests, terms, and medicines.
But through all of the sadness, scariness, and confusion – PEGGY has been a constant source of KINDNESS.
Peggy visited at the hospital. Came to rehab. Had long, deep conversations with Annette.
And here is the thing that has made me so happy, PEGGY TOTALLY STEPPED UP AND HELPED OUT. She set up PEGGY DAY – one day a week where she picks up Annette, takes her to doctor or rehab appointments, goes out to eat, gets a pedicure, anything and everything.
Peggy Day has been
amazing. It is a day that Annette always
enjoys – she gets to laugh and hang out with her friend. And it is a day that the rest of the family
knows means it is our time to relax, recharge, get our non-medical things taken
care of. All while knowing that Annette
is in great hands. It is awesome.
|At the cancer center on Peggy Day|
I must mention that I know Peggy Day cannot always be easy for Peggy. She has a very busy life of her own! Her mom is not well, her own sister died of cancer, she herself has had cancer, she has a daughter with a disability that she cares for, etc. It is not like Peggy is just sitting around waiting for things to do, mind you! Even though she enjoys hanging out with Annette, it means taking time out of her schedule to do it. It means arranging child care, driving Annette around, and giving of herself.
|Peggy and her sweet daughter|
|Peggy and her daughter spending time with her mom|
PEGGY IS WONDERFUL.
And she is kind.
Which is why she is being named a Kindness Activist.
Thank you, Peggy. You are amazing. You have been a source of support for our family more than you can know. And you are an inspiration. Someday I hope to be able to grace a friend with Susan Day – where I will carry on your tradition of love, support, and kindness.
|Peggy - a KINDNESS ACTIVIST extraordinaire!|
P.S.- Among the countless other KIND THINGS Peggy does, she is also on the planning committee for the fundraising gala Annette’s friends are throwing her this month! And she also sends me encouraging messages and funny stuff late at night to make me smile. See, her kindness never ends!